October 16 - Contract talks between the ILA (International Longshoremen's Association) and the USMX (United States Maritime Alliance) are making good progress on a number of difficult issues at the full committee and subcommittee levels.

HLPFI News reported on September 21 that a full-scale strike affecting all the major ports on the US East Coast had been given a three-month breathing space with the ILA and the USMX agreeing to a 90-day contract extension until December 29, 2012.

Five days of productive negotiations concluded Saturday, October 13 and will resume again next week under the auspices of the US Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

A statement from global logistics and transport services provider DSV Air & Sea advises that exporters and importers continue to plan accordingly in the event that the ILA and the USMX cannot come to an agreement by the December 29 deadline.